Lunch marks launch of Kings Langley forum to help old folk

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A lunch was held to mark the lunch of a new forum made up of organisations that provide services for older people.

And Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning was there to help dish up to old folk at Kings Langley’s Community Centre.

Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning officially opened the first Kings Langley Providers Forum at the Community Centre on Friday, June 14.

Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning officially opened the first Kings Langley Providers Forum at the Community Centre on Friday, June 14.

The forum, which involved around 20 organisations, hosted the get together to give villagers a chance to meet service providers and discuss their needs and what they would like to see provided in the area.

Mr Penning said: “I congratulate the Kings Langley Providers Forum on taking such a proactive approach and asking local older people what help they need and what activities they would like to see in the village.

“It was a very enjoyable event and has undoubtedly raised awareness of the services on offer.”

Loretta Anderson, who represents Community Action Dacorum on the forum, said: “It was a really good event, our guests were very interested in the providers stalls and enjoyed the lunch. Mike Penning pleased the visitors and volunteers by serving the food and giving a hand with the washing up.”

Just days after serving up lunch to Kings Langley pensioners Mr Penning – also Minister of State for Northern Ireland – had been part of the line up that welcomed President of the United States Barack Obama and Russian leader Vladimir Putin to Northern Ireland for the G8 Summit

Mr Penning said: “It was just surreal. One morning I’m doing the washing up in Kings Langley Community Centre and the next morning I’m shaking hands with Obama. He was very, very chatty.”